Bakersfield, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: I have a visa with which I am not allowed to get financial aid, and it expires on the day FA application is due.

I also have another status (TPS) with which I can apply for financial aid. Can I apply on the deadline?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows you to apply for financial aid, you should be able to submit your application by the deadline, as eligibility is often determined by your status on the application date. Ensure that your TPS is valid on the day you apply, as this status grants certain rights and protections, including eligibility for some forms of financial aid that may not be available to individuals on other types of visas.

It's important to gather all necessary documentation proving your TPS status to include with your financial aid application. This may include your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), any correspondence from USCIS confirming your TPS, and other relevant paperwork that demonstrates your eligibility for financial aid under TPS.

Finally, consider reaching out to the financial aid office of the institution you are applying to for further guidance. They can provide specific advice tailored to your situation and help ensure that your application is complete and submitted correctly. If there are any concerns about timing or documentation, they are best positioned to offer assistance and support throughout the application process.

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